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An essential oil that has a certain je ne sais quoi, Geranium is magical. Not in the literal sense (because that's crazy) but Geranium oil has a natural chemistry and therapeutic properties that are extraordinary.
Geranium essential oil has a floral and sweet aroma. Additionally, Geranium has long been used as an aromatherapy remedy for a range of health issues. For instance, Geranium essential oil is often used in skin care and hair care to promote healthy skin and shiny hair.
Geraniums are small fragrant plants that grow about 3 feet in height. There are hundreds of different species of Geranium plants, but don’t confuse it with the usual potted plants that grow in brilliant reds, purples and blues.
EG's Geranium essential oil is derived from a plant in the family of Geraniums (to which this common name is applied liberally), but is in the genus Pelargonium, which has dozens of other cross bred cousins. To extract the essential oil, the leaves are put through a steam distillation process.
Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Leaves
Blends Well With: Neroli, and other citrus
Aroma: Herbaceous, sweet, and floral with green undertones
Color: Pale Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Adult Max Dilution: 17.5%
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Geranium is a very rounded essential oil. Cultivated in Egypt, Pelargonium graveolens, works on a range of issues to improve circulation, relieve pain and sore achy muscles and deepen relaxation. In skin care blends, it helps improve red, puffy skin to the glow of healthy skin as well as shiny flowing hair. Use it to aid and uplift the heart while relieving ongoing stress and anxiety. It can improve circulation with its anti-inflammatory property and unblock energy both physically and emotionally. As an antibacterial and antifungal, it goes well with other like-minded oils in DIY cleaning products.
- In some aromatherapy circles Geranium essential oil is a known tonic for the adrenal cortex which is one of a number of organs in the body that help to regulate hormones. According to Healthline, a study found that aromatherapy with Geranium essential oil was beneficial in stimulating secretion of salivary estrogen. Researchers theorized that geranium essential oil might be of value for women experiencing reduced estrogen and health-related symptoms caused by menopause and perimenopause.
- An active component of Geranium is Geraniol and has been found in studies as far back as 1990s to prove itself effective in repelling mosquitos. More recently Geranium has repellant qualities with other biting insects such as ticks, flies, fleas and gnats along with other repellent essential oils such as Citronella, Catnip and Lemon Eucalyptus.
- Choosing not to dilute essential oils is called using them “neat.” Using oils neat or at a higher-than-necessary dilution rate (over 11%) can lead to a skin reaction or sensitization, irritation and other health issues. For this reason, diluting essential oils prior to topical use is always recommended. If you’re using essential oil for body massage or creating a DIY lotion, dilute at a 2-3% ratio or 12-18 drops of essential oil in 1 oz of carrier oil. A 1% dilution is recommended for young kids, pregnant women, people with sensitivities and for bath and facial use. 1% equals 6 drops of essential oil in 1 oz of carrier oil. We find it’s best to dilute essential oils in amber glass bottles that can be easily accessed when needed.
- According to Healthline, “Geranium essential oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, making it effective against multiple bacterial strains. One study found that geranium essential oil was about as effective as amoxicillin at fighting bacterial strains, such as Staphylococcus aureus.”
Apply Topically: Our Pure Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically to avoid possible skin irritation. .
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
RELAX: Add relaxing essential oil blend to a personal inhaler and inhale to calm nerves as needed: 5 drops of Geranium, 5 drops of Sweet Orange and 5 drops of Bergamot. Or add Geranium to your Thera Lux Nebulizing Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
SLEEP TIME: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 7 drops of Geranium, 4 drops of Clary Sage, 3 drops of Chamomile (German), 3 drops of Rose and 3 drops of Lavender, then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake to mix well. Apply one teaspoon to cover the abdomen and massage gently in. (1.7% dilution)
MATURE SKIN: Add to a 2 ounce bottle: 4 drops of Geranium, 1 drop of Carrot Seed, 3 drops of Frankincense (Frereana) and 2 drops of Lavender (Bulgarian or French), then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake well to combine before applying directly to the face after cleansing. (.8% dilution)
SUGAR SCRUB: Blend together: 12 drops of Geranium, 10 drops of Cypress, 5 drops of Tangerine and 5 drops of Grapefruit with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of Jojoba and 1/4 cup of Sesame oils. Stir to mix well. Best used in the shower. Gently massage 1 tablespoon of the Geranium essential oil blend at a time over the body, focusing on thighs and buttocks. Use a spoon to scoop out and avoid getting product wet to prevent contamination.
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